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A competitive and socially inclusive EU 

The European economy is still growing, though the pace of growth has slowed. Tensions in global trade, the transformation of work, the revolution in technology, and the ageing of the population all pose challenges for economic growth, employment, wellbeing and prosperity. 

Our objective should be a competitive and socially inclusive EU. The single market, rules-based free trade and up-to-date regulation of a high standard are the elements that make the EU collectively competitive. The EU needs a comprehensive long-term strategy for sustainable growth and competitiveness.

The emphasis must be on taking full advantage of research, development, innovation and digitalisation. By fostering skills, education and training, regional and social fairness, and gender equality, the EU will create sustainable growth and wellbeing for its citizens.

At the same time, the EU should promote opportunities for citizens to participate in society, to work and to upgrade their skills. We must focus especially on youth employment and on inclusion among young people. We cannot afford to lose a generation.

Our long-term goal should be to make the EU the world’s most competitive and socially inclusive low-carbon economy.

Read more about important topics during Finland’s Presidency 

EU2019FI backgrounder: Single market

EU2019FI backgrounder: EU research and innovation policy

EU2019FI backgrounder: Digital economy

EU2019FI backgrounder: Data economy

EU2019FI backgrounder: Transport automation

EU2019FI backgrounder: Digitalisation in transport services

EU2019FI backgrounder: Carbon-free transport

EU2019FI-backgrounder: Economy of wellbeing in the EU

EU2019FI-backgrounder: EU’s gender equality policy for the future

EU2019FI backgrounder: Skills and transformation of work

EU2019FI backgrounder: European Education Area and alliances of European Universities